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Hi guys....I thought Christmas was going too well. I woke up this morning to find my telescopes (Marty) right hand tail-fin strewn with blood streaks, and quite serious fraying of the lower fin? I immediately tested the water, and half expected to find high levels of Nitrites or similar. The tests revealed the following... pH....7.6 Ammonia....0 Nitrites....0 Nitrates....5-10 Suspecting maybe poor water quality, I completed a 75% drain of the existing tank water. I added sufficient quantities of salt to the remaining 25% to give the boys a salt bath for about an hour, prior to replenishing the tank to its' correct level with fresh water and Prime additive. Here's the fin that is mainly affected.... The opposite side doesn't appear to be as badly affected.... He appears to be behaving OK...eating fine, and the other guys don't seem to be bothering or giving him any undue attention. I'd welcome your thoughts on the subject....I was intending to carry out some regular water changes and salt additive over the next few days.....whad'ya think?
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - Not available. Do not have test strips. * Nitrite Level - 0 ppm * Nitrate level - 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - ~7.0 pH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - ~7.0 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API 5-in-1 Test Strips * Water temperature? 75-79 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 1.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper 10-30i * How often do you change the water and how much? 1x weekly, 25-30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago, 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 (1 red oranda, 1 ordinary goldfish). Approximately 2 inches. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aquarium Salt. Nitrate & Ammonia neutralizer * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen peas and/or Omega One Super Color Flakes. Fed once daily in the morning. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Added Melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Fungal treatment. Melafix. Pimafix. Aquarium Salt. Maracyn 1 & 2 (over 2 years ago) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spots on different areas of their fins. Frayed fins. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No Hey everyone, This has been an ongoing battle for almost a year. I originally isolated the red oranda last year around Christmas time for 4 weeks in a 3 gallon fish tank doing a Melafix and salt treatment. Her fins began to repair so then I reintroduced her into the 20 gallon tank with the other goldfish. Progressively over the past 6 months her fins have slowly shown signs of deterioration and occasionally there will be white blotches on her fins. The dorsal fin used to be a perfect half moon shape but has gradually been eaten away in different areas. Her tail fins and swimmer fins are missing in certain areas and they almost look like someone "bit" them. There will be times where her fins do not show any sign of deterioration but they do not repair. The ordinary goldfish occasionally shows signs of fin fraying as well. His dorsal fin towards the front with the long stem is half gone (this happened approximately 1-2 months ago and has not regrown). His tail fin and back rear fins have tiny little areas were it looks like something took a bite out of them. It almost seems that his fins normally repair properly but the signs have shown up again recently. He also keeps getting little red dots near his mouth which disappear and come back every so often. I do a weekly water change of approximately 30%. I have a 5 gallon bucket dedicated to water treatments. I usually take a sponge and wipe the inside to eliminate algae growth on the filter return lip and throughout the tank. I have a volcano decor in the center that has a tremendous amount of algae on it that I just noticed this morning but it difficult to clean off due to its rough edges. I typically check the water with test strips at least once a week to make sure all levels are in check. I currently do not have ammonia test strips. Every time I do a water change I add a teaspoon of salt for every gallon of water I replace. Over the past couple days I've added Melafix to see if it would help with the fin regrowth. They are incredibly active and do not have problems eating. I feed them every morning around 7-7:30. I switch back and forth between frozen peas and goldfish flakes. Occasionally I will feed them a small piece of krill. This has been driving me insane for a while now and I want to do my best to take care of my fish. All advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!! THANK YOU!